10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania

As 2018 draws to a close, people are looking for ways to celebrate the dawning of a brand-new year. How will you spend New Year’s Eve in Pennsylvania? Whether you want to spend it in a bar with friends, attending a fancy event or at a function ideal for the whole family, you’re sure to find something perfect in Pennsylvania. Here are the 10 best New Year’s Eve events in the state! 

New Year’s Eve in the Square, Kennett Square, PA

This event is great if you’re looking to celebrate the new year with the whole family. Festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. and include live entertainment, access to local restaurants (make sure to make reservations!), and a famous “Mushroom Drop.” A lighted mushroom will be “raised” at 8:45 p.m. Don’t miss out on this unique celebration!  

First Night Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, First Night Pittsburgh features a wealth of fun activities perfect for the whole family. Enjoy music, magic, dance, food and more—a total of more than 100 events. Visit the website for information on where to buy your First Night Buttons.

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First Night Carlisle, Carlisle, PA

Get ready to usher in 2019 at First Night Carlisle. Buttons are available at several Carlisle retailers—Giant Food Stores, M&T Bank, Carlisle Theatre—and online. Bring the kids and enjoy an entire evening of wholesome activities including live music, theater, ice sculptures and more.

Spirit of Philadelphia Cruise, Philadelphia, PA

Ring in the New Year on the Delaware River aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia. A 2-3-hour cruise includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment and dancing and fireworks to usher in 2019. A cash bar is available, too. The cruise begins at 9:30 p.m. and returns at 12:30 a.m. There’s a champagne toast for those over 21 at midnight.

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New Year’s Eve Celebration, Harrisburg, PA

The City of Harrisburg invites people to share in their New Year’s Eve Celebration. Streets will be closed to traffic from Chestnut Street to Walnut Street, with festivities beginning at 9 p.m. There will be superheroes and a princess for the kids, as well as party hats and story time. Dancing in the street starts at 9 p.m., and is led by Fitness U. The annual Strawberry Drop takes place at midnight, with fireworks following on its heels. There is no cost for this event.

New Year’s Eve in Lancaster City, Lancaster, PA

New Year’s Eve in Lancaster City will be held at Binns Park from 10 p.m. to midnight and will include music by One Too Many. The 10-piece local band is well known in the region. They play a little of everything, from rock to blues and R&B. Vendors will be on hand from which guests may purchase hot chocolate and light foods. The traditional lowering of the Red Rose, followed by fireworks takes place at midnight. There is no cost for admission.

New Year’s Eve with the Smucker’s, Bird-in-Hand, PA

For a wholesome New Year’s Eve celebration the whole family will enjoy, make a reservation to spend the night at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn and spend New Year’s Eve With the Smuckers. Yes, they’re the Smuckers of the popular jelly and jam brand. The evening includes pizza and snacks, games and a sparkling cider toast at midnight. The NYC festivities will air on several television sets, so all can keep apprised. There is no cost for those staying at the inn to attend the party. The party starts at 9 p.m., and is located in the lobby of the pool building.

JJ Bootleggers, Philadelphia, PA

Ring in 2019 at JJ Bootleggers starting at 8 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Enjoy open bar all evening, as well as a dinner buffet, fireworks over the water and more.  Tickets start at $89.95 and go up to $124.95 for VIP packages. Contact the bar to purchase tickets.

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Market Cross Pub & Brewery, Carlisle, PA

Round up your friends and head on over to Market Cross Pub & Brewery to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Their New Year’s Eve Celebration includes food, drinks and a Keg Drop at midnight. Contact the pub for ticket information. Reservations are suggested.

Salmon Pants Brewery, Allentown, PA

Spend the last night of 2018 celebrating at Salmon Pants Brewery. The fun begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. Enjoy food, drinks, music, dancing and more. Tickets at $40.

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